Stanch (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stanched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Stanching.] [OF. estanchier, F. 'etancher to stpo a liquid from flowing; akin to Pr., Sp., & Pg. estancar, It. stancare to weary, LL. stancare, stagnare, to stanch, fr. L. stagnare to be or make stagnant. See Stagnate.]

1.

To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound.

[Written also staunch.]

Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose. Bacon.

2.

To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.

[Obs.]

 

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Stanch, v. i.

To cease, as the flowing of blood.

Immediately her issue of blood stanched. Luke viii. 44.

 

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Stanch, n.

1.

That which stanches or checks.

[Obs.]

2.

A flood gate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.

Knight.

 

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Stanch, a. [Compar. Stancher (?); superl. Stanchest.] [From Stanch, v. t., and hence literally signifying, stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. estanco stopped, tight, not leaky, as a ship. See Stanch, v. t.] [Written also staunch.]

1.

Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship.

One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty. Evelyn.

2.

Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent.

V. Knox.

In politics I hear you 're stanch. Prior.

3.

Close; secret; private.

[Obs.]

This to be kept stanch. Locke.

 

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Stanch, v. t.

To prop; to make stanch, or strong.

His gathered sticks to stanch the wall Of the snow tower when snow should fall. Emerson.

 

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